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Country house between art and nature, Apennines (Ravenna-Firenze-Bologna)

Bedrooms 1
Space 538 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Old mansion of Dutch artist with two units, garden with sculptures and forest

Porcaticcio Holiday Home offers two types of accommodation: La Casetta (2-3 guests) is a cosy stone cottage, perfect for a couple; La Casa-torre (2-6 guests) is a wide elegant apartment in the mansion, where the owners live. Besides, at your arrival you will find some basic food in the kitchen like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, sugar, coffee and tea and, of course, pasta. You can also pick up fresh herbs from our small herbal garden. Linen and towels are supplied by us.

Art and yoga: if you wish, you can paint or sculpture with Cornelis assistance (search for Cornelis Rijken on the web!) or you can have free yoga lessons from Gabriela. We also provide you maps and booklets of the area and the main towns.

Animals: animals are welcomed. We have a friendly border collie, its young daughter and two cats.

In summertime we set up a refresching plunge pool (3 mt diameter).

More Details

Gabriela and Cornelis
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Gabriela and Cornelis

We are an Italian-Dutch couple. Cornelis is a professional sculptor and put a lot of energy in renovating Porcaticcio di Sopra. Gabriela is a communication consultant and yoga teacher. We met in India where Cornelis has lived for 12 years and Gabriela carried out a research of anthropology on the international community of Auroville (Tamil Nadu).

Porcaticcio was first a dream, now it is a paradise to share with our guests.

Gabriela and Cornelis purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Gabriela and Cornelis chose Casola Valsenio

Porcaticcio di Sopra is our paradise and we like to share it with our guests. A place to relax, study and think and a perfect place to discover some of the beauty of Italy in daily trips.

What makes this cottage unique

Porcaticcio di Sopra is a XVI century mansion surrounded by contemporary art that melts with the sounds and colors of the forest.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Casola Valsenio in Province of Ravenna

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 538 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Basic Soaps
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom with a shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , With wachine machine
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Sofa bed - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

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Country house between art and nature, Apennines (Ravenna-Firenze-Bologna)
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Peaceful mountain retreat

  • 5 of 5

Porcaticcio's stone cottage exceeded our expectations - the setting is beautiful, peaceful, scenic and beautiful sculptures were peppered about the garden. Upon arrival we were greeted by the owners and their two dogs, Baccio and Spotty (whom our daughter fell in love with). The friendliness and hospitality of the owners were amazing. Thanks Gabriella for the delicious dessert!!

If you're looking for a holiday away from the maddening crowd but still close enough to be able to visit the beautiful picturesque old town nearby, make day trips to beautiful Florence, Brigishella for the best olive oil, Faenza (ceramics), Revenna (Dante's final resting place) or even Venice - this is the place for you. The location, layout and facilities were so much bigger and impressive than what the photos show. (Washing machine, coffee maker, cooker, oven, fan - all the comforts of home)

We definitely recommend the property to anyone looking for some peace and quiet in the beautiful Emilia-Romagne countryside.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are really pleased you could spend a good time here, finding an inspiring atmophere to write, read, walk and visit our surroundings. ...Also our Bacio and Spotty were happy to find new friends that could play with them. All the best to you and your family. Gabriela & Cornelis
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The Ideal Holiday Retreat

  • 5 of 5

All the information on the website was accurate.As with many beautiful locations it is difficult for the photographs to convey just how good the location is.If you like peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, but with the option to drive to interesting towns and cities this will tick all the boxes.

Gabriela and Cornelis were great hosts making the booking process very easy, and suggesting interesting places to visit whilst providing background information to the area.

Highlights of our stay were visits to Bologna, Fiesole(looking down on Florence),Ferrara,the mosaics at Ravenna, wandering the streets of Imola at the time of the music festival, Modena including the Ferrari museum, the list could go on!

Sometimes you need a little luck, and ours was to witness the natural phenomenon of the nightly display of around 200 fire flies.

We would not hesitate in recommending Porcaticcio Di Sopra as the property is called.If you do decide to visit, say ciao to Bacio the friendly Border Collie who always greeted us on returning from a days sight seeing .

Happy days.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. It is a great pleasure for us to know that you had a great time in Porcaticcio di Sopra and spent a good holiday. All the best to you and your family! Gabriela, Cornelis and ...Bacio.
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Entspannung pur

  • 4 of 5

Ruhiger Platz über dem Tal, mit schönem Blick, geschmackvoll gestaltetes Haus, anregend durch die verschiedenen Kunstwerke von Cornelis.

Wir haben uns in der Frühlingswoche wunderbar erholt. Man kann direkt vom Haus aus tolle Streifzüge durch Berge machen (Kastanienwälder, Eichen...) Es gibt einiges zu entdecken: geologisch und in Flora und Fauna.

Wir haben auch einige Stachelschwein Stacheln gefunden...

Dass auch die Kulturstädte Bologna und Ravenna so nah sind - prima.

Gabriella und Cornelis sind dazu sehr anregende Gastgeber... und wer das italienische Essen liebt, bekommt von ihnen gute Tipps für alle Arten von Restaurants.

Ulrike und Knut

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ulrike and Knut, we really thank you for your positive review. When our guests spend a positive time in our place, we are sincerely happy. We love this place and liked to share it with you. Have a good summertime.
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Marina di Ravenna
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Riolo Terme (18 holes)
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Da Maz (Misileo
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Porcaticcio Holiday Home offers two options for stay. La Casetta (2-3 people) is a romantic stone cottage, perfect for couples. La Casa-torre (2-6 people) is a large and elegant apartment in the house of the owners, Cornelis and Gabriela. Large private outdoor spaces. Porcaticcio di Sopra is situated on the Appennines at the border between Toscana and Emilia Romagna. The green landscape of Valle del Senio and the forest surrounding us are ideal for a relaxed holiday in Italy. Moreover Porcaticcio is an artistic atelier for sculpturing and painting and is just one and half hour by car from the international cultural towns of Florence, Ravenna and Bologna.

In the area:

- Casola Valsenio: Spring Festival (April), Herbal Garden, Forgotten Fruits Festival (October).

- Palazzuolo sul Senio: Medieval Festival (July), Chestnuts Festival (October), Music and Dancing Festival (August)

- Riolo Terme: spa center and golf course (18 holes)

Senio Valley is ideal for cycling, mountain-biking and horse-riding.

You are welcome!

Gabriela & Cornelis


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Casola Valsenio, Emilia Romagna

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
1 Oct 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Regole della casa:
1) Connessione internet limitata: limitare la visione in streaming
2) Non dare cibo ai nostri animali
3) Ricicliamo i rifiuti

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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